Tuesday, February 12, 2008

A successful experiment
--Easy Biscuit Doughnuts

Easy Biscuit Doughnuts
The Deen Bros. Cookbook Copyright 2007

½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Vegetable oil, for frying
1 12-ounce tube buttermilk biscuit dough

1. In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.
2. Fill a wide, shallow pan with 1 inch of oil. Heat the oil to 370 degrees.
3. Meanwhile, arrange the biscuits on a baking sheet. Using a 1-inch diameter round cookie cutter, cut out the center of each biscuit.
4. Drop the doughnuts into the hot oil and cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until golden brown, turning doughnuts if necessary. Transfer the doughnuts immediately to a baking sheet lined with paper towels and sprinkle generously with cinnamon sugar. Serve warm.

Makes 10 doughnuts.

After my last doughnut disaster, I think I mentioned that maybe I should have just fried biscuit dough instead. I came across 'the recipe' in this Deen Bros. cookbook and I still had the oil from the last batch so I thought it was worth a try. Canned biscuits are cheap so there was little risk.

Well gosh these were great. Even the holes fried up nicely. They're soft and a bit chewy. They reminded me of the pizza fritas I ate growing up. They were sold at the public pool and at church picnics - fried dough covered in sugar.

I'll keep trying to make doughnuts from scratch but these were so quick and economical. I think I made 10 for about 50 cents not including the cost of the oil I reused. I made them start to finish before work and I didn't get up earlier than usual either. My co-workers scarfed them down.

Blast From the Past: Asian Pork Ribs from August 2007. Those were rich but very good.

Question of the Day: Boy or girl? Today's the day we (hopefully) find out.


Anonymous said...

We're eager to hear the news if you want to share.


M Smith said...

How about healthy, with no allergies. :-)

Ya know, in our area the Chinese restaurants do the same thing (sans hole) and call them 'Chinese Donuts'. Yes, very tasty.

Jennifer said...

hmm... I'm thinking girl, no, wait, boy...
(now either one you find out I can say "I knew it!" with conviction)

btw, the donuts look good...

Rebel In Ontario said...

I'm not sure which, but I hope it is healthy and growing...I also hope you took Nick with you...an experience he may never get again until his own babies! Good luck, thinking of you...

Anonymous said...

Oh how exciting! I too, will vote for a healthy little one of either sex!

I made a version of those donuts all the time. Except I just roll the biscuits in butter, then roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture and bake as specified. Sort of donut like.

Anonymous said...

an even easier method that we use is to poke a hole in the biscuit with your finger and gently pull until it is enlarged. and i make a butter and sugar glaze for mine.

anette, who is just hoping for healthy, boy or girl